Dream Caper

Follow Steve & Portia on their 42' Catamaran

13 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia

A Day in the Rain

14 March 2010 | Isla San Cristobol, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
March 13, 2010

We all kept imagining a sea lion in our cockpit during the night, but luckily it never came. It seems that hanging the towels as a barrier worked. What we did find in the morning was a bunch of short black hairs smeared where he had slept and dropped wherever it had waddled after we had scared him last night. But, we had no time to clean up, our agent Bolivar (who had handled our Autografo which authorizes our boat to be in the Galapagos) came to take us to immigration. We all quickly climbed into the water taxi in the rain to find out we didn't have to go to immigration at all.

After arriving at the dock thoroughly wet because we had stopped to pick up two other cruisers going to immigration, we took a taxi to the fruit/vegetable market where we found the usual choices of tomatoes, potatoes, yucca, green beans, and onions. One vendor had refrigerated broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce. There were many live chickens standing around, but we decided that we didn't need that fresh a chicken so we bought half a chicken which weighed 6 pounds; this was fresh enough!

In the afternoon, we visited the Interpretation Center, a modern structure just outside of town, where we learned from visual displays the formation of the Galapagos Islands, its history and its environmental concerns. There were nice walk ways that led up to Frigate Hill or down to a sandy beach where there were body surfers in the water and seals lounging on the beach. We walked back to town. The enticement that we would walk by the best ice cream place on the island encouraged Steve to make the trek. And, yes, the ice cream was pretty good, topped with a large chocolate dipped cookie. Unfortunately, the ice cream calories far outweighed calories burned on the walk.

Our cruising friends who are carrying some supplies for us from Panama City wrote to tell us that because of a forecast of windless days, they won't be leaving Panama City for over a week. This saddens us because we had hoped to spend some time with them. Now we hope that they will catch up with us at Isla Isabella, our last stop in the Galapagos Islands. Most boats arriving here, the main entry to the Galapagos Islands, are Europeans coming through the Panama Canal, headed to the South Pacific. Lots of Swiss, French and German flags.
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Vessel Name: Dream Caper
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot, Venezia 42 - Catamaran
Hailing Port: San Rafael, California
Crew: Steven Stecher and Portia Igarashi
About:
Portia and Steve sailed out of San Francisco Bay, California in 2003, on their 42 foot catamaran, Dream Caper. They cruised in the Sea of Cortez and down the coast of Mexico for 2 years. [...]
Dream Caper's Photos - Main
We had planned to stay one night at this island before leaving for Australia, but because the weather was not conducive for crossing, we were happy to spend some time at this delightful island.
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Created 19 October 2011
This is the capitol of New Caledonia and a beautiful French city.
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Created 12 October 2011
This was one of the loveliest islands we have visited.
21 Photos
Created 12 October 2011
We arrived from Vanuatu at this remote island in the Loyalty Islands. The waters of the lagoon were aqua blue almost everywhere with whote powdered sugar sand on the beaches.
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Created 12 October 2011
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Created 24 September 2011
Progressive photos of the process of redoing Dream Caper's Hulls and Keels
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Created 22 September 2011
Dream Caper Haulout, Port Vila Produce Market, and Apartment View
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Created 6 September 2011
This is Dream Caper all cleaned up and pretty.
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Created 6 September 2011
We stopped for one day and 2 nights at this resort which is at the SW end of Viti Levu Island, Fiji before leaving for Vanuatu.
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Created 27 August 2011
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Created 22 August 2011
We cruised from Port Denarau on Venua Levu Island to the Mamanuca Islands and then north to the Yasawa Group Islands.
25 Photos
Created 17 August 2011
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Created 6 August 2011
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Created 31 July 2011
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Created 25 July 2011
The whale watching tour was fabulous! We swam within 20' for these huge docile creatures. The mother whale with her calf stood still enough for us watch them for several minutes.
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Created 14 July 2011
Underwater shots and funky La Paella Restaurnat
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Created 12 July 2011
Beautiful Tonga! Lovely islands, friendly locals, no big hotels and lots of pigs.
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Created 4 July 2011
It was a rough 2 days.
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Created 4 July 2011
Just a few photos from our 8 day stay in Pago Pago, American Samoa
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Created 28 June 2011
7.5 Days Out to Sea
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Created 22 June 2011
More photos
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Created 22 June 2011
Manta Rays, Fish swarms, kayaking in the lagoon
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Created 7 June 2011
We left Papeete, Tahiti on April 29, 2011, via Moorea, Huahine and Tahaa, arriving Bora Bora on May 11, 2011.
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Created 27 May 2011
Dream Caper was hauled out via an unusual method.
8 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 18 August 2010
We spent 10 days in beautiful Moorea.
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Created 18 August 2010
18 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 18 July 2010
We cruised to a number of anchorages on this beautiful island
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Created 30 May 2010
19.5 day crossing from the Galapagos Islands to the Marquesas, making landfall at Fatu Hiva. We then moved on to Hiva Oa and Tahuata Islands.
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Created 19 May 2010
We returned to California to take care of some business, buy boat parts, visit family and to do some skiing!
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Created 17 March 2010
From our 15-day trip to China in mid-September 2009
5 Sub-Albums
Created 28 February 2010
11 Sub-Albums
Created 22 February 2010

CAPTAIN & FIRST MATE

Who: Steven Stecher and Portia Igarashi
Port: San Rafael, California
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